Thus, the fall garlic planting is something of a rite among gardeners as they end one year’s growing season and look ahead to the next. As Ed Bruske writes:
I look forward to planting garlic in the fall. It connects me to my garden next year, reassuring me that the too long winter ahead will yield something wondrous. The cloves I plant now will soon send up shoots that will survive through cold and ice and become mature plants on the other side of the calendar. Sometime in June, I reckon, they will be ready to harvest.
So yesterday I went out to my plot and picked a little bare patch to plant garlic in. Rather than ordering seed garlic, I had simply saved some cloves of garlic from two different garlic heads. One was a standard variety garlic I bought from a farmstand, and the other was a red-tinged variety given to me by a neighbor gardener. I dug some little holes and pushed the cloves down in before covering them over with soil. Each clove will turn into a new head of garlic. So I guess they will grow a bit this fall, then finish growing in the spring until they’re ready to harvest. Seems like a pretty hassle-free investment in my 2010 garden.